Monday, December 10, 2012

Battle of the Sample Boxes: Ipsy vs. Birchbox November

Sorry that I am late in posting this! Ipsy was a little late in delivering in November and then I was bombarded by events and hit by the flu (which I still have). Here is the lowdown for November:
*$10 a month 
*It was started by Michelle Phan (who is a Youtube Beauty Guru)
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with deluxe samples and full sized products
My November bag:

*Starlet Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Chocolate (this eye pencil is not on their website anymore. Similar eye liner is $11 & I believe we received full size)
*bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss (full size is $18. I am estimating our 2.25ml size is about 1/2 size = $9)
*Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (full size is $18, no idea how our 3.5ml size compares. Estimated value $6)
*Nailtini Nail Laquer in Millionaire ($13)
*the Balm Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow single in Matt Batali ($34.50 for palette of 9 colors = about $3.83)
*Brown zippered make-up bag (unknown value)
Total Estimated Value before make-up bag: $42.83
***note: most of these companies do not have product size listed on their website (not cool!), so this month's value is a total guess on Starlet, bareMinerals and Chella products)***

Initial Thoughts: LOVE this bag. Once I got over the initial disappointment of not receiving the "They're real" Mascara that Ipsy pretty much promised (they made it an "or" product and I received the Chella instead. From what I hear they sent it to new subscribers), I was pretty happy. I actually know and LOVE two of the companies from this bag: the Balm and bareMinerals. I will use everything in this bag except for the eyebrow defining gel (I have huge, thick definition needed). I was also happy that none of the products are made in China. They have been known for sending weird/crappy China make-up. I am glad they are leaning more towards American brands. Another great bag from Ipsy.

*$10 a month
*Created by Harvard Grads
*You receive 4-5 "deluxe samples" every month, occasionally full sized products
*You get bonus points for answering short surveys about the products you receive. You can then use those points to buy products at the their store (i.e.: FREE Stuff!)
 -My November box:

*Atelier Cologne - Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue ($75 for 30ml, 1ml = $2.50)
*Miracle Skin Transformer - Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector ($58 for 1oz, 0.1oz= $5.80)
*Oscar Blandi - Pronto Texture and Volume Spray ($25 for 4oz, 1oz = $6.25)
*stila - All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer ($20 for 0.5oz, 0.05oz = $2)
*Chuao Chocolatier ChocoPod ($7.95/7 pack = $1.14)
**not pictured: they sent a lame cardboard "gift holder" that you are supposed to use to gift to someone. I tossed it since a) none of my gifts are that small b) I didn't want my gifts to be wrapped in Birchbox advertisement c) the "options" to check on the outside were really lame
*Total Value: $17.69

Initial Thoughts: Ohh Birchbox...just like a flawed Man, you know what trinkets to send me to steal my heart and keep me another month. Stila and chocolate? Okay, you have me for at least another month. Even if my stila is only worth $2, it is still a nice size sample and it is stila. That $32 stila Smudge Stick Set, Chocolate Bar and Extra Samples that I just ordered for FREE using my credits for taking the surveys didn't hurt either. Overall, I like this box. I of course love the stila luminizer. I actually love the perfume that they sent too. It is unlike anything I have ever smelled before. Too bad it is too pricey for me to purchase. The chocolate was delicious. I don't really use hairspray, but this size will be great for me to toss into my travel bag with my flat iron (the only time I do use hairspray is with it). The Vanish is being saved to try out on a special occasion since it is so pricey and I probably won't even buy it. I am happy with my November Birchbox.

This month's winner: Ipsy. I am starting to wonder whether I should even include a winner since it is always Ipsy. Birchbox was decent this month, but Ipsy always seems better.

Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes:

 Disclaimer: I am a paid subscriber to both services. I just compare them and share with my readers for fun. I am not compensated in any way.


Elizabeth said...

Your comparisons help me to figure out which one to buy~

HarleyC said...

These look way cool! I'm going to look into both of them!

Marissa Poon said...

Would really love to try Ipsy myself. Where do you get it?